Ruairi began his musical education as a chorister at St Davids and St Paul’s Cathedrals.  He spent a term singing with the choir of St Thomas Church 5th Avenue, New York before taking up a choral scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge.

Recent performance highlights include Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine at the Three Choirs Festival, the world premiere & recording of Stanford's Mass via victrix with BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, and a European tour of Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, including performances of BWV61, 78 & 110 at The Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Wiener Musikverein, The Barbican Centre & Chapelle Royale, Versailles.

 

He is a critically acclaimed Evangelist, having performed Bach’s Johannes- & Matthäus-Passion widely around the UK & Europe, while other engagements have included Bach's Trauer-Ode BWV 198 with Oxford Bach Choir/London Mozart Players, Bach’s Messe in h-moll with both English Touring Opera, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Covent Garden Sinfonia/Ben Palmer, Handel’s Messiah at Händel-Festspiele Halle and a recital of Anglo-Welsh song with Anna Tilbrook on Themes of Innocence and Experience, featuring Tippett's Cantata Boyhood’s End and Finzi's A Young Man's Exhortation. 

 

Ruairi will make his debut in Australia next Spring, joining Stephen Layton for Bach Johannes-Passion (arias) with both Adelaide & Tasmania Symphony Orchestras, before the annual Good Friday performance at St John's, Smith Square with Polyphony/OAE, and will take on multiple roles in Purcell's The Indian Queen with Le Concert d'Astrée/l'Opera de Lille in the Autumn. He has studied with Robert Rice & Susan Roberts and continues with Paul Farrington & Caroline Dowdle.

 

Away from singing, he volunteers for the UK Refugee Council as a cricket coach and is a keen photographer and artist. He also sits on the committee of ‘Faire is the XI’, a cricket team comprising former choristers which plays in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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